The last few months I’ve been seeing beer and yoga events everywhere I look. Victory Brewing Company has been hosting them monthly. In April, Joe Sixpack and his wife held a beer and yoga event.
I immediately get excited when I see these events and want to go because I love beer and I love yoga. Then my brain gets in the way. I start to wonder what type of yoga the class will be. Is it going to be a fast paced vinyasa style class? Or will it be a slower paced class that is more just stretching out? Am I going to hate the instructor?
I know – I probably sound insane. The one thing I’ve learned from taking various fitness classes is it’s important to find a teacher and style you enjoy. Granted, one day/class, probably shouldn’t be analyzed so much, but I hate to feel like I’m wasting money on a class I’m not enjoying.
But I digress.
When I found out that my favorite yoga teacher was hosting a beer and yoga event at Maha Yoga in Philadelphia I was sold.
Maha Yoga is a new yoga studio in Philadelphia, and right after they opened, a few doors down, The Corner Foodery opened. The Foodery has a very large selection of craft beer available for sale by the bottle (I recently found Bell’s Oberon there). The two joined forces to offer a yoga class followed by a beer tasting.
This event was my first class at the studio. I was impressed at how nice and comfortable the studio is. The classroom has window’s on 3 of the 4 walls, which provided a lot of natural light. I was very nervous going into the class. Maha specializes in one hour yoga classes, which means classes are faster paced than what I’m used. Once the class started, I found the pace to be a nice balance. It was definitely a work-out, but not so fast that I felt rushed or couldn’t keep up. The only downside is that with the increased pace of the class, I think it lacked in the little tips that can guide people to easier versions of the poses. I spoke with some people after the class who were new to yoga and they mentioned that they struggled a bit, but really enjoyed the class (and the beer).
Speaking of beer, once the class ended those signed up for the beer tasting walked over to the Foodery. They had four local craft beers for everyone to taste. The beer’s were: Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch, Sly Fox’s Dunkel Larger, Twin Lakes’ Greenville Pale Ale, and Lancaster Brewing Company Rumspringa. They went over each of the beers with us before we tasted them.
While we drank there was great conversation. And I found two new beers I really like (the Sly Fox and the Lancaster Brewing Co beers we tried). The studio has several more of the events coming up – the next one is during Philly Beer Week with Brooklyn Brewery. Yoga and beer anyone?